Friday, October 26, 2007

There's No Loafing In Tennis

Tennis star Nikolay Davydenko is having a rather odd year. He's currently ranked #4 in the world, but three months ago he came under fire for alleging fixing a match against Martin Arguello. Now, he's been fined $2,000 for not "giving his best effort".

Nikolay Davydenko, already at the center of a betting investigation, was fined $2,000 for lack of effort a loss at the St. Petersburg Open.

The ATP said Friday the fourth-ranked Russian was fined for lack of "best effort" in his 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss Thursday to Marian Cilic.

The top-seeded Davydenko won the first set in 27 minutes, but drew a rebuke from chair umpire Jean-Philippe Dercq in the third set. Davydenko double-faulted four times in the second set and six times in the third.

Officials are still investigating irregular betting that took place prior to the Arguello match, and it seems that, for now anyway, Davydenko really is a prime suspect of match fixing.

Though, what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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